The first image that pops in your mind when you hear the word “Lebanon” might be dreadful. You might think of my country as a battlefield invaded by illiterates, as a war zone filled with terrorists. But little did you know that Lebanon is not only the jewel of the MENA, but also one of the most precious contributors to the world.
In our land beauty was born. Fate decided to prove it by crowning Georgina Rizk Miss Universe in 1971. And with their refined tastes, Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, Reem Acra and many more Lebanese designers… have never failed to make us gasp when seeing each of their iconic coutures in festivals around the globe.
But our beauty comes with a brain. Should I mention Dr. Michael dabaghi who, at 23, invented the “roller pump” and saved the lives of many by making the open heart surgery a reality? Or Charles Achi and Georges Helou, the latter lebanese scientist who helped NASA discover 7 Earth-like planets?
Since it was published in 1923, “The Prophet” has never been out of print. It has been translated into more than 50 languages and is an essential on international best-seller lists. It is thought to have sold tens of millions of copies. The Beatles, John F Kennedy, Indira Gandhi and many more have been influenced by its words. Did we forget Gebran Khalil Gebran’s nationality? And the land of cedras he grew up in? Yep… it’s Lebanon, the country that embraced talents and geniuses such as “El Rehbani” family, Fairuz and Sabbouha, Wadih al Safi, Melhem Barakat, Amine Maalouf, Nadine Labaki, Fadel adib, Mohammad el Mir…. and it goes on.
And if you thought I’d forget about the lebanese manhood, you’re wrong! You can read as much as you want about Youssef beik Karam, but you’ll never be able to find such persistent revolutionaries outside Lebanon. And just like Beirut was destroyed and rebuilt seven times, we will rise after every fall. We are the land of Resistance, we are the land of Peace.
”A country of many religious faiths, Lebanon has shown that these different faiths can live together in peace, brotherhood and cooperation.” “Lebanon is a message more than it is a country.” – Saint John Paul II.